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Business Bulletin No. 101/2003

Monday 14 July 2003

Section E : Written questions lodged from 7 July to 11 July 2003

  

Questions marked with a triangle ( Δ ) are initiated by the Scottish Executive in order to facilitate the provision of information to the Parliament.

S2W-1374 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the restorative element of warnings for young offenders, referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, will involve.

S2W-1375 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will enforce the ban on the sale of spray paint to under 16s, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1376 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will increase the number of special constables by 500, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1377 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what initiatives it will introduce to meet the target of increasing the number of special constables by 500, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1378 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how many posts there are for trainee orthopaedic consultants; whether any representations have been made to increase the number of such consultants, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1379 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to implement its targets for outpatient waiting times in specialities where there are staff shortages.

S2W-1380 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will tackle any backlog in audiological assessments in the Grampian NHS Board area and how this will impact on the Executive's targets for outpatient waiting times.

S2W-1381 Brian Adam: To ask the Scottish Executive when undergraduate courses on audiology will commence.

S2W-1382 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the punishment will be for (a) people who sell spray paint to children under 16 and (b) children under 16 who use spray paint illegally.

S2W-1383 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what funding it has provided for initiatives to divert young people from crime, in each year since 1999.

S2W-1384 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many children under 18 were sentenced to detention under sections 205 and 208 of the Criminal Procedures (Scotland) Act 1995; of these, how many have been detained for any length of time in a penal establishment rather than in secure accommodation and, of these, how many have been ordered to be detained in a penal establishment, in each year since 1999.

S2W-1385 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average length of time taken to deal with cases referred to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission was, in each year since 1999.

S2W-1386 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive what educational and behavioural opportunities are available to children sentenced to detention under solemn procedure.

S2W-1387 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how many shootings were reported to the police in 2002.

S2W-1388 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will ensure the availability of modern studies course options to higher level in every secondary school.

S2W-1389 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it will protect small local shops against crime.

S2W-1390 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans there are to raise the financial eligibility cut-off points for student loans.

S2W-1391 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether student loan regulations act as a deterrent for children of large households attending university.

S2W-1392 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how many modern apprenticeships in the construction industry have been taken up by people resident in Glasgow in each year since 1999, broken down by trade.

S2W-1393 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will bring forward proposals to increase the number of skilled workers in the construction industry in Glasgow.

S2W-1394 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to address the issues raised in the Demos report, Overdue: How to create a Modern Public Library Service.

S2W-1395 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive how it is supporting the development of house owners' associations.

S2W-1396 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will include provision for supporting compulsory long term house maintenance funds for multiple ownership buildings in any tenement law reform bill.

S2W-1397 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it is considering imposing minimum standards on tenement owners and owners' associations for basic maintenance tasks.

S2W-1398 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will require non-resident property owners to register their permament address on a publicly available register.

S2W-1399 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what support it is giving for the provision of free or low cost summer activities for children.

S2W-1400 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it supports an expansion of summer playschemes.

S2W-1401 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what arrangements there are for testing children's eyesight.

S2W-1402 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to introduce a statutory obligation on local authorities to provide talking books for blind and partially sighted people as part of the library service.

S2W-1403 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive what improvements it will require local authorities to make in their libraries in the provision of preferred formats of books to comply with disability discrimination legislation.

S2W-1404 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will establish a national transcription centre to record key texts in audio or audio visual format to support the education of blind and partially sighted schoolchildren.

S2W-1405 Robert Brown: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will roll out across Scotland digital accessible information system CD technology for blind and partially sighted schoolchildren.

S2W-1406 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its staff, and staff of the former Scottish Office, worked on early education and childcare policy issues in (a) 1997, (b) 1999, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and (e) 2003 to date.

S2W-1407 Nicola Sturgeon: To ask the Scottish Executive how long it takes to confirm, or not confirm, a person's identity in cases where the Livescan fingerprint service is used.

S2W-1408 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been allocated to the Active Scotland campaign; what role area tourist boards will play in promoting the campaign; what VisitScotland promotional material and other resources are being used and how the Executive will measure the campaign's cost effectiveness.

S2W-1409 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many new consultants appointed in each NHS board area entered newly-created posts in each year since 1999.

S2W-1410 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the 600 additional consultants in the NHS, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, will be appointed to newly-created posts.

S2W-1411 Richard Lochhead: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the Scottish submission to Her Majesty's Government's consultation document, A Modern Regional Policy for the United Kingdom, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

S2W-1412 John Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will increase funding to Victim Support Scotland to deal with any increase in the number of referrals to it by the police following the recent relaxation in data protection regulations.

S2W-1413 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what measures it will introduce to enforce restrictions on smoking in public transport, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland.

S2W-1414 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-530 by Ross Finnie on 10 June 2003, whether a decision will be announced during the parliamentary recess regarding technical conservation measures for scallops; whether the Minister for Environment and Rural Development will meet with representatives of the Scallop Association to discuss the impact a weekend ban would have on the scallop industry, and which officials within the Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department have lead responsibility for taking this policy forward.

S2W-1415 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how the review to determine the scale of alcohol abuse and its consequences, as referred to in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, will differ from the research outlined in Alcohol Misuse in Scotland: Trends and Costs.

S2W-1416 Campbell Martin: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-1048 by Mrs Mary Mulligan on 30 June 2003, what redress a local community has if it feels that planning permission has been granted by a local authority for a wind farm development without local concerns having been fully addressed.

S2W-1417 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive whether a new Scottish Health Survey has commenced and, if so, what progress has been made, and when the results will be made public.

S2W-1418 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many doctors became a (a) Member of the Royal College of Physicians, (b) Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, (c) Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and (d) Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons by each Royal College in Scotland, in each year since 1997.

S2W-1419 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many NHS consultants were (a) under 20, (b) between (i) 20 and 24, (ii) 25 and 29, (iii) 30 and 34, (iv) 35 and 39, (v) 40 and 44, (vi) 45 and 49, (vii) 50 and 54, and (viii) 55 and 59 and (c) over 60 in each year since 1997

S2W-1420 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people graduated from higher education institutions with an MBChB or MBBS in each year since 1997.

S2W-1421 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact of European competition rules on the roll-out of broadband technology in respect of aggregation of demand in the public sector.

S2W-1422 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what aggregation has taken place in the public sector with regard to the roll-out of broadband technology; in what towns or communities and when such aggregation has occurred; when and where any further roll-out will take place, and whether it will give an update on its broadband strategy.

S2W-1423 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-8262 by Susan Deacon on 10 July 2000, what clear evidence it has that the Scottish Voluntary Charter on Smoking in Public Places is working.

S2W-1424 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any plans to ban smoking in public places.

S2W-1425 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact passive smoking has on the health of staff who work in premises where smoking is permitted.

S2W-1426 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take on any health risks associated with passive smoking in the light of the comments made by the Chief Medical Officer for England in his annual report for 2002.

S2W-1427 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what impact passive smoking has on children.

S2W-1428 Mr Stewart Maxwell: To ask the Scottish Executive what its position is on the assessment made by the Chief Medical Officer for England in his annual report for 2002 on the health risks associated with passive smoking.

S2W-1429 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive when the museums action plan will be published; why there has been a delay in publication of the plan, and whether there will be any further delay and, if so, what the reasons are for the position on this matter and what interim plan, advice or assistance will be given to museums.

S2W-1430 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been made available to each local authority education department to support visits to museums in each year since 1997.

S2W-1431 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what consideration it will give to creating a designated museum scheme similar to the scheme operated by Her Majesty's Government.

S2W-1432 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive what information the Scottish Refugee Integration Forum has received about the percentage of asylum seekers holding (a) professional and (b) construction skills qualifications

S2W-1433 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has received any representation from Glasgow City Council seeking permission to make representations to Her Majesty's Government about relaxing employment restrictions in respect of asylum seekers, as referred to in The Herald on 28 May 2003.

S2W-1434 Bill Butler: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government about the economic impact of allowing more flexibility for asylum seekers undertaking employment whilst awaiting a decision in respect of their asylum applications

S2W-1435 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many of its contracts have been awarded to Scotland the Brand since April 2003 and what each such contract was worth.

S2W-1436 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what process has been followed in the awarding of public contracts to Scotland the Brand and whether any other companies were invited to bid for these contracts.

S2W-1437 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much non-domestic rates revenue has been collected by each local authority in each year since 2000.

S2W-1438 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much (a) mandatory and (b) discretionary rate relief has been provided to businesses in each year since 2000, broken down by local authority area.

S2W-1439 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been allocated to each local authority to cover the payment of non-domestic rates on local authority properties in each year since 2000-01.

S2W-1440 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what the administrative cost of collecting non-domestic rates was in 2002-03 before any reductions for rate payment surcharges and penalties, broken down by local authority.

S2W-1441 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive how much was spent on the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowance Scheme in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01.

S2W-1442 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget allocations are for the new and existing rural stewardship schemes.

S2W-1443 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what the budget allocation is for the Organic Aid Scheme for 2003-04.

S2W-1444 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive what budget has been spent on agri-environment schemes that support organic agriculture in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03 and what information it has about spending on comparable schemes in (i) England and (ii) Wales in those years

S2W-1445 Mr Mark Ruskell: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the budget allocations for organic aid schemes for 2003-06 are linked to the targets in the Organic Action Plan and, if so, how they are linked

S2W-1446 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress is being made with the establishment of safety camera partnerships in respect of road safety; what areas have yet to establish such partnerships, and what funding has been committed to this project.

S2W-1447 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it will make available to local authorities to comply with the presumption of mainstreaming legislation, in the light of the Auditor General for Scotland report, Moving to mainstream: The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-1448 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to respond to the Auditor General for Scotland report, Moving to mainstream: The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-1449 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what resources will be made available to any special school whose pupil numbers decrease as a result of a presumption to mainstreaming legislation, in the light of the Auditor General for Scotland report, Moving to mainstream: The inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools.

S2W-1450 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive which organisations have received funding as part of the European Year of Disabled People 2003; how much each organisation received, and for what purpose the money was allocated.

S2W-1451 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take once it has analysed the responses from NHS boards and local authorities to its service audit on autistic spectrum disorder.

S2W-1452 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many responses were received as part of its consultation on the draft Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill and how many of these were from parents and parent organisations.

S2W-1453 Carolyn Leckie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people with an autistic spectrum disorder are held in (a) a prison or (b) secure accommodation.

S2W-1454 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Presiding Officer whether the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) invited the Auditor General for Scotland, in preparing his 2001-02 audit of the SPCB and, in particular, the consideration of the Flour City contract in respect of the Holyrood building project, to interview those companies and individuals that submitted tenders for the contract and those who were associated with the contract after it was awarded; whether the SPCB will make representations to the Holyrood inquiry being conducted by Lord Fraser of Carmyllie that these companies and individuals be interviewed, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter

S2W-1455 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has any powers to provide resources to Scottish Borders Housing Association to assist with remedial action required to flood-damaged properties at the Bannerfield Estate, Selkirk.

S2W-1456 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Bellwin Scheme can be applied to meet costs incurred by Scottish Borders Housing Association as a consequence of flood damage to its properties.

S2W-1457 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive whether housing associations are required to have emergency and contingency plans in place for events such as flooding.

S2W-1458 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to intervene should a housing association fail in its obligations to its tenants.

S2W-1459 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to intervene if there is insufficient accommodation to house decanted housing association tenants.

S2W-1460 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive what powers it has to intervene on health grounds should Scottish Borders Housing Association fail to carry out a health risk assessment following the flooding at the Bannerfield Estate, Selkirk.

S2W-1461 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what consultation it has had with the employment agency Adecco prior to, and since, the termination on 4 July 2003 of employees' contracts working in the Sanmina facility in Greenock.

S2W-1462 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and plans to have, with the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the progress of the European agency workers directive.

S2W-1463 Mr Bruce McFee: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had, and plans to have, with the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Confederation of British Industry (Scotland) and the Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland regarding the progress of the European agency workers directive.

S2W-1464 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive whether BEAR Scotland has adequately performed its obligations in respect of the management of the millennium cycle route from Dromochter to Dalwhinnie; whether the trunk road maintenance contract provides adequate management of this route; what powers it has to direct BEAR Scotland to carry out additional work on the route, and whether it has used, or plans to use, any such powers.

S2W-1465 Stewart Stevenson: To ask the Scottish Executive what grant aid is available to assist with business diversification and non-fishing-related new business start ups in fishing industry-dependent areas.

S2W-1466 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1O-6715 by Ross Finnie on 27 March 2003, what interaction it has had with relevant authorities in Northern Ireland concerning the application by Ballymoney Power for an integrated open-cast lignite mine and power station near Ballymoney, County Antrim, and whether the Executive is reassured that there will be no negative impact on air quality in Scotland.

S2W-1467 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the impact on the new passenger rail franchise would be if rail freight operators did not use the Stirling to Kincardine rail link because of any track access charges introduced by the promoter of the railway.

S2W-1468 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-829 by Nicol Stephen on 27 June 2003, whether it has requested from the Royal Mail the basis, assumptions and projected impact of its proposal to cease rail operations and what the reasons are for the Executive's position on this matter.

S2W-1469 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what maximum sum could be earned by the current Chief Executive of EventScotland under performance-related pay.

S2W-1470 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive how much of the 10 million for EventScotland will be spent on (a) wages and salaries, (b) administration costs and (c) promoting Scotland as an event centre.

S2W-1471 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the roles and remits of (a) it, (b) EventScotland, (c) VisitScotland, (d) area tourist boards, (e) Scottish Enterprise and (f) Highlands and Islands Enterprise are in promoting Scotland as an event centre.

S2W-1472 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for the award of performance-related pay for the Chief Executive of EventScotland.

S2W-1473 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive what the expenditure by it, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies in securing, promoting and supporting each major event has been in each year since 1999.

S2W-1474 Mr Kenny MacAskill: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-829 by Nicol Stephen on 27 June 2003, what steps it has taken to assess the impact on road traffic and road maintenance of the proposal by the Royal Mail to cease rail operations

S2W-1475 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive what discussions it has had with Her Majesty's Government about developing part of the Royal Air Force flying station near Leuchars as a commercial airport.

S2W-1476 Tricia Marwick: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has made any representations to Her Majesty's Government that any development of the Royal Air Force flying station near Leuchars as a commercial airport should support direct flights to and from Europe.

S2W-1477 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive what the construction cost of the Skye Bridge was at the time of its completion and how much of that sum was publicly funded.

S2W-1478 Jim Mather: To ask the Scottish Executive how much has been collected in tolls on the Skye Bridge (a) in total and (b) in each year since it opened.

S2W-1479 Mr Richard Baker: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people, and what percentage of the work force, (a) are employed in the manufacturing industry and (b) were so employed in (i) 2000, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2002.

S2W-1480 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive what the average council tax bill is for 2003-04 in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority area, broken down by council tax band.

S2W-1481 Fergus Ewing: To ask the Scottish Executive how many households are liable to pay council tax for 2003-04 in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority area, broken down by council tax band.

S2W-1482 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether there is a national system for booking bicycles onto trains as part of the tourism strategy and, if so, whether the system is well co-ordinated with any local systems.

S2W-1483 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether tourists travelling with bicycles on trains are provided with appropriate paperwork to confirm travel arrangements.

S2W-1484 Helen Eadie: To ask the Scottish Executive whether VisitScotland holds joint strategy discussions with ScotRail to secure maximum capacity on trains for tourists travelling with bicycles to top tourist areas.

S2W-1485 Eleanor Scott: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will extend Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme agreements that are due to come to an end before land management contracts are in place in order to safeguard any ecological and economic benefits of the scheme.

S2W-1486 Cathie Craigie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many deaths have been caused by careless driving, excluding deaths of careless drivers, since May 2002.

S2W-1487 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents occurred on the Stirling to Ballat Cross stretch of the A811 in 2002.

S2W-1488 Mr Brian Monteith: To ask the Scottish Executive how many road accidents occurred on the Stirling to Lochearnhead stretch of the A84 in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002.

S2W-1489 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive how many, and what value of, fines have been written off owing to the offender receiving a prison sentence, or an alternative disposal for failure to pay, in each of the last six years.

S2W-1490 David McLetchie: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-894 by Cathy Jamieson on 2 July 2003, for what categories of offences civil diligence was used to recover fines, broken down by (a) sheriff and (b) district court in each of the last six years.

S2W-1491 Robin Harper: To ask the Scottish Executive whether closing an area off the east coast in 2000 for promoting the recovery of sandeel and dependent sea bird populations has been effective and whether it would support any moves by the European Commission to make the closure permanent.

S2W-1492 Alex Johnstone: To ask the Scottish Executive how many ruddy ducks have been culled in Scotland under the UK-wide culling programme; where such culls have been taken place, and what the cost of such culls has been.

S2W-1493 Ms Sandra White: To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made of the impact the report by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Unfinished Business - Proposals for reform of the Senior House Officer grade, will have on the role of examinations in respect of assessing doctors' competence.

S2W-1494 Christine Grahame: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S2W-767 by Mr Jim Wallace on 23 June 2003 and S1W-33014 by Ms Margaret Curran on 20 January 2003, what information it has on the percentage of part-time or seasonal work force that is unable to receive jobseekers' allowance owing to the application of paragraph 20342 of the Department for Work and Pensions' Decision Makers' Guide and what representations it has made, or will make, to Her Majesty's Government about the impact on poverty of this matter.

S2W-1495 Pauline McNeill: To ask the Scottish Executive when its expert group on prostitution will report.

 

 

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